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Masked man steals cash from Hadley store

Text HADLEY — Police are investigating an armed robbery early Monday during which a masked suspect stole cash from a convenience store at the Phillips 66 gas station on Russell Street.

Police said the suspect was carrying what appeared to be a wooden stick or club when he entered the store around 2:45 a.m. and went behind the counter at the 110 Russell St. store where a male clerk stood. No one was injured.

“He said ‘You’re being robbed and ordered him to sit on the floor,’ ” Damion P. Shanley, acting police chief in Hadley said Monday, recounting events in the store.

Shanley said the armed suspect then stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled the store on foot. The gas station is located not far from the intersection of West Street and Route 9. The wooden weapon may have been a leg from a chair, according to investigating officers. Shanley said police were alerted to the robbery by a panic alarm.

Police said the male suspect was wearing a black North Face jacket, a dark red mask, blue jeans and white sneakers. Shanley said Hadley’s K-9 unit responded to the scene and its search dog, Nomar, tracked a scent about 200 yards to the east before losing it. Massachusetts State Police, and officers from Northampton and the University of Massachusetts also searched the area.

Hadley Police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to contact Sgt. John Robitaille or Officer David Isakson at 413-584-0883.

Dan Crowley can be reached at dcrowley@gazettenet.com.

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